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UEFA Coefficient: New Record for Belgium, Thanks to Club Bruges

Club Bruges bowed out in the Conference League semi-finals on Wednesday night after drawing against Fiorentina (1-1). Despite their elimination, the Bruges team’s commendable performance contributed significantly to Belgium’s UEFA coefficient, setting a new record.

Before the second leg of this semi-final, Belgium’s coefficient for the 2023-2024 season stood at 14.200, matching last season’s record. By drawing against Fiorentina, Bruges added an extra 0.200 points, bringing the total to 14.400. It marks Belgium’s best-ever performance on the European stage.

Belgium owes gratitude to the Blauw en Zwart, who had an exceptional run, as well as other Belgian clubs competing in Europe this season. The likes of Antwerp, with their prestigious victory against Barcelona in the Champions League, Genk, and especially Union Saint-Gilloise, despite being eliminated in the Conference League round of 16 by Fenerbahçe.

Thanks to these teams, Belgium ranks 6th among the most successful countries in European competitions this season, trailing behind Spain, France, England, Germany, and Italy. Quite an achievement!

With 48.800 points, Belgium has also strengthened its 8th position in the UEFA coefficient, considering results from the last five seasons in European competitions, determining the allocation of European slots. It now leads Turkey by 10.200 points. Ahead, Portugal holds a 7.516-point lead over Belgium. However, this gap will narrow further this summer when the 2019-2020 season results are no longer considered.

Written by Jose Machino

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